March 13, 2020 Coronavirus Update: Initial Response

OLIFF PLC is actively monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the U.S. and around the world.

We are committed to the health and safety of our attorneys and staff, and we are exercising appropriate measures of caution that are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.  We also remain focused on our clients and to maintaining our standards for prompt, high quality legal services during this difficult time.

Currently, our offices remain open and fully operational.  However, should there be a need for our firm to temporarily close any of its offices, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that our professionals and staff are equipped to work remotely and handle all of our client’s legal matters.  We are confident in our ability to deliver those services without interruption.

At this time, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has given no indication that it plans any closures.  As many of you know, the USPTO is well-equipped for its employees to telework, and thus we expect the USPTO will continue to operate with limited disruptions.  There was an announcement from the USPTO today indicating that, until further notice, all scheduled Examiner interviews, PTAB and TTAB oral hearings and other in-person meetings must take place remotely by video or telephone conference.

We will provide further updates, as necessary.  In the meantime, please rest assured that OLIFF PLC will continue to timely handle IP matters for all its clients, and we will do whatever we can to assist our clients during this unusual and difficult time.